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Overcoming Guilt and Shame From Sin – Our Fickle Feelings!

When you repent, turn from your sins and give your life over to Yeshua (Jesus), your sins are forgiven and you have eternal life. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But sometimes the devil still causes us to continue to feel guilt and shame. He uses those fickle feelings of ours, the feelings that change with every shift of the wind, to make us fall once again under the burden that Yeshua took from us. How do we live in God’s truth and not by our feelings?

Continuing to Feel Guilt and Shame

As I write this, I just finished celebrating the High Holidays, with Monday evening ending Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement where Jews from all over the world join together in repentance and a 25 hour fast to “afflict our souls” in repentance.

It was a highly emotional day full of synagogue services that focused on repentance and also memorials. We held Yizkor, which is a memorial service for those of our loved ones, of blessed memory, who passed before us. While it was all done virtually, it was still extremely moving, especially as I saw my parents’ pictures on the screen.

We all prayed together with repentant hearts, cried together, shared together.

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It was a day where we as a community confess together and it makes me realize how often during the year in my own personal prayers of confession they feel so cursory in comparison.

Sometimes after prayer, when I come before God and have confessed my sins to Him and laid it all at the foot of the cross, Satan wants me to forget the truth of redemption and I will continue to feel that guilt and shame, that burden of my sin.

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You see when I have confessed and claimed God’s Word that says…

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9 TLV

…the enemy of my soul will immediately go after my feelings and make me feel like I didn’t do enough. Like I wasn’t yet forgiven.

The enemy makes me feel like I am still carrying that sin, causing me to focus on my feelings instead of the truth of God’s Word.

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Satan wants me to feel that somehow I haven’t done enough, as though forgiveness was in my own hands and there is actually works that I can do in my own power to exact it.

It is a lie and it is a damaging one at that because it seeks to minimize the work of Yeshua, it seeks to minimize Torah and it puts the focus on me instead. It seeks to make me strive to achieve my own forgiveness taking God’s grace and mercy out of the equation.

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The Power of the Word in Overcoming Shame

Satan deals in feelings and feelings are fickle; they can change in an instant! We can desire happiness, but happiness is merely a feeling that can change from day to day. What made us happy yesterday may not make us happy today. Joy and contentment that come from the Lord are a condition of our spirit but happiness is just how we “feel”.

ir?source=bk&t=live31 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2f0bdeb4d1978d75ca554875060890ea& cb=1546449052399God’s Word has the power to defeat the lies of the enemy!

It doesn’t matter how I feel after I have repented of sin. What matters is what God says about it. What matters is what Yeshua does with it.

He takes ALL my sin, ALL my shame and makes me as white as snow!

You see, by making me feel unforgiven, Satan keeps those sins on my mind and in my spirit. God has forgotten them. 

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“As far as the east is from the west,

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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They are dead…buried! Adonai SAYS they are!

By making us feel unforgiven, Satan ensures we keep resurrecting them! Yeshua buried them and, much like a dog keeps going back to where it buried a bone, we keep going back and we keep digging them up because we feel we just haven’t done enough!

Satan attempts to keep us from living in victory and instead living in burden, guilt and shame.

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When the Lies of the Devil Leave You Feeling Ashamed

He is a liar! He is the father of lies! And our feelings DO lie! He wants to use those feelings, those lies, to leave you feeling ashamed!

He wants to leave you with guilt and shame so that you don’t feel you can go to HaShem!

Fickle feelings change but God and His Word are constant! His grace and His mercy are constant in our lives!

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I don’t need to feel forgiven. I don’t need to wait until the feelings of guilt and shame disappear. I just need to focus on God’s truth and my feelings will get in line with that as long as I keep focused on His promises! ir?source=bk&t=live31 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=754a789e552cc212366cc65036f65d39& cb=1546448897323

If I confess my sins and practice teshuvah (repentance), His Word tells me that He IS faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of ALL…not some but ALL…unrighteousness. Yeshua wrote His own Name where mine had been etched in the Book of Death, He took my place, and He inscribed mine in the Book of Life! He paid the price already! It is done! It is finished!

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By standing on His truth and not relying on your own fickle feelings, it WILL change how you feel and your spirit will line up with it. His truth defeats all lies!

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Scripture quotations are from Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

Updated and Republished from 10/16/2019

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  1. “It is a lie and it is a damaging one at that because it seeks to minimize the work of the cross and puts the focus on me instead. It seeks to make me strive to achieve my own forgiveness.” This sentence stopped me in my tracks. How true it is, and how often I fall for the lie. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Enjoyed reading your post! I agree – ” If I confessed my sin, He IS faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of ALL…not some but ALL…unrighteousness. Jesus paid the price already! It is done! It is finished! ”

    It’s a beautiful truth.

    I’m linking up for the first time here. Thanks for the opportunity. : )

  3. That’s so true. When something I have already confessed to God comes back to haunt me, I have to remind myself that He has already forgiven it–despite how I feel. The feelings do eventually line up when we focus on the truth.

  4. Such great thoughts and an excellent reminder that God’s forgiveness is His work and not based on how I feel. Thank you for sharing this and for hosting!

  5. Isn’t it funny that we can confess our sins and be forgiven by God, but we can’t forgive ourselves? Satan likes to bring up our past sins and get us feeling guilty again, but God has already forgiven us and Satan has nothing on him. Thank you for another great post.

  6. Diane,
    Thank you for your forceful words in this post! Sometimes I think the only way to deal with repetitive guilt is to speak words of truth firmly! I appreciate the focus on God’s Word and what HE says. This is not only the answer to fighting satan and our own “feelings”, but also the correct way to answer others who refuse to forgive us, or mock our faith. I have had that happen to me from people who knew me before I was saved. I am not defined by my past; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

    1. Yes!! Donna I can tell you that sometimes the people closest to us who knew us before we were saved can be the biggest source of shame and guilt. They dont seem to get past the person we were and that we have changed, and in some cases they are mourning the past us they used to have because it enabled them or took part in things with them. I know that all too well and all we can do is pray for them and not let it pull us back into our old lives. Yeshua dealt with that too when they Pharisees would say “Isn’t that the carpenter’s son??” as though how could a lowly carpenter’s son possibly have the wisdom and knowledge of Torah He had.

  7. Diane,
    The enemy is so sneaky and insidious in the ways he plays upon our emotions. Condemnation, false guilt, and shame are some of his favorite weapons. We need to be wary of his ways. Romans 8:1 has been a longtime “go to” verse for me when condemnation comes calling: Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Law has been fulfilled by Christ!! Awesome post! I love seeing scripture from your viewpoint as a Messianic Jew. I truly think you have the best of all worlds – a rich heritage and saving grace.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    ps. I’d love to have you do a guest post on my blog sometime! Or if you have a particular post you’d like to share with my readers, I could do an introduction, brief bio, and start your post on my blog and then link them over to your blog to continue reading. Thoughts?? bevritter413@gmail.com

    1. I would love to! Whichever you prefer is fine! I will email you and we can discuss! Thank you so much Bev!

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